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Israel Joshua Gerber

rabbi , religion educator , author

Israel Joshua Gerber, American rabbi, religion educator, author. Ordained rabbi, 1939; licensed psychologist, North Carolina. Recipient Research award Ford Foundation, Center Piedmont University Center, Religion award Charlotte Junior League; Blumenthal Foundation grantee.

Background

Gerber, Israel Joshua was born on July 30, 1918 in New York City. Son of Marcus and Sadie Leah (Schuster) Gerber.

Education

Bachelor, Yeshiva University, 1939. Master of Science, City College of New York, 1940. Doctor of Philosophy, Boston University, 1950.

Career

Rabbi, Beth Jacob Synagogue, Plymouth, Massachusetts, 1943-1944;rabbi, Congregation Agudath Achim, Fitchburg, Massachusetts, 1944-1952;rabbi, Temple Emanuel, Dothan, Alabama, 1953-1959;rabbi, Temple Beth El, Charlotte, North Carolina, 1959-1972;professor Old Testament, Hood Theol Seminary, 1961-1987;rabbi, Temple Emanuel, Gastonia, North Carolina, 1980-1983;professor psychology, Johnson C. Smith U., 1972-1986;rabbi, Temple B'nai Israel, Anderson, South Carolina., 1984-1990;rabbi, Temple Beth Sholom, Danville, Virginia, 1990-1995. Past director S.E. Council, Union American Hebrew Congregations, Dothan.

Achievements

  • Ordained rabbi, 1939. Licensed psychologist, North Carolina.

Works

Membership

Chairman B'nai Brith, Dothan, 1955-1957. Co-chairman National Conference of Christians and Jews, Charlotte, 1965-1966. President Easter Seals Society, Charlotte, 1967-1969, Halfway House, Charlotte, 1968-1969.

Board directors Epilepsy Association, American Heart Association, Multiple Sclerosis Association, Charlotte. Captain United States Army, 1950-1955. Fellow American Psychological Association.

Member American Association of University Professors, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Center Conference American Rabbis (executive board), American Association Hospital Chaplains, Jewish War Vets, Charlotte World Affairs Council, Greater Carolinas Rabbinical Association, Rotary, Kiwanis.

Connections

Married Sydelle Reba Katzman, January 9, 1943. Children: Barbara Jane Gerber Parker, Sharon May, Wayne Scott.

father:
Marcus Gerber

mother:
Sadie Leah (Schuster) Gerber

spouse:
Sydelle Reba Katzman

children:
Barbara Jane Gerber Parker Gerber

Sharon May Gerber

Wayne Scott Gerber